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mymamakat posted:
My three month mixed lab has gotten herself into a fix.Her right eye is horribly swollen and draining yellow/green pus.Yesterday I noticed that thee eye was reddened in the sclera,but did not think it was anything to worry about.Pups get themselves into stuff,but this morning it was so huge and draining.I cleaned it gently with a wet paper towel.It must not be painful to her because she did not react,but I have been crying for her for hours.
She was to be my service dog when she was fully trained.I am on a VERY limited income,can't afford a vet.What can I do?
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi there,

I am always worried about eye conditions. Some like conjunctivitis look worse than they might be, and some, like an ulcer of the cornea, are very severe.
I would encourage you to consider a visit to the veterinarian. There may be some low cost alternatives in your community, and don't forget to consider Care Credit, a form of pet health credit card that your veterinarian might accept.
I agree that keeping the discharge cleaned away with warm water, I use a soft cotton ball, around the eye being careful not to touch the eye. Particularly if we find the cornea okay, we may use an eye drop or ointment containing antibiotics alone and no steroids. But again, there may be something in the eye that only a veterinarian can remove. See if you can take a peak.
As you seem so concerned, I would call around in your local community. You might even call your local veterinary association and/or shelter for low cost options.
I hope you are able to find your dog, and yourself, some relief.

Dr. Sandy


Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM, is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicin...More

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